Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Bethlehem with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 days ago

Nice winter hike with some sneak peaks of the rock pile.
There was about 6 inches of snow on the peak and a little ice on the upper 500 feet of the trail.

on Mount Garfield Trail

14 days ago

Started in the parking lot with beautiful fall foliage and peaked at the top in 6 inches of snow! Gorgeous but I recommend bringing spikes and poles. Round trip in 5 1/2 hours. Gate still open.

23 days ago

Awesome hike even without being able to see any views at the top due to weather. I thought this trail was a steady climb from almost beginning to end. Not hard but a constant climb. I’ll definitely do this one again with my dogs

Sweet little hike

Sweet little hike

Great hike. Beautiful trek up through woods. A little stream crossing at the start but nothing too bad. The summit was very cold and windy when I went in mid October but was worth the hike.

I found this hike much tougher than I was expecting having read the reviews prior to the hike. The climb is steady and unrelenting the whole way, and of course, the last section is very steep. I recommend it, but it’s not easy.

Hello twins. ;)

1 month ago

Steady climb. Not super hard but some scrambling.

Super easy trail up to Zealand Falls Hut. Along this first 2.8 miles you travel gentle grades as it follows an old rail road bed. Upon entering the beaver pond area wildlife is abundant and the landscape is draped it beautiful autumn colors! The next 1.3 miles to Zeacliff is much steeper with many large boulders to work around. There is even a ladder to scale your way up a very steep almost vertical granite wall. The view from Zeacliff is amazing. From here you can see Mt. Washington in the distance with the distinct round hump of Mt. Eisenhower in the foreground. Mt. Carrigain towers into the sky and if you use binoculars you can even see the firetower on the summit. You also get a view of the rugged cliffs of Whitewall Mountain with Ethan Pond just beyond. As I continued on, bog bridges helped keep things dry as I passed through the col between Zeacliff and onward and upward to the summit of Zealand Mountain 1.6 miles from Zeacliff. Although the summit is treed in it is still a great trip, and a cool summit sign! I read where others described the trip from the cliff to the summit as boring or nondescript, I did not find this to be the case. On this final leg of the ascent there is yet another marked view point and you can take a side trip to the shores of Zealand Pond. There are also much rare plant growth and wildlife along the way. Overall a great day out and another 4K conquered!!! Took me 6 hours total with approx. 1-1/2 hours of breaks & exploration.

It’s was a nice trail but I would definitely not rate it as moderate. It is without a doubt a difficult trail.

Out and back in about 2 hrs and 45 min. Keeps a steady stair-like incline. No view at the top, but it’s a straight-forward path and the quickest 4,000 ft white hike I’ve found. Perfect for a rainy day, or in my case a beautiful day with a really late start. Started at 3:30PM and finished 3 minutes before sunset at 6:15PM. A bit slippery from a couple small creek crossings, especially on the downhill, so finish it before dark!

1 month ago

beautiful and fun hike, would do this one again. favorites

Super fun and my Australian cattle dog had a lot of fun too. Pretty steep after you go past the hut but it’s well worth the view.

This was a perfect hike for a half day. I knew it didn’t have any views but it was nice nonetheless. It was wet but. It slippery and coming down was okay. Much better than some of the other 48s where I am on my ass or climbing over some boulder. This was straightforward and peaceful. The trail needs some TLC but still nice. Great day.

Took the liberty of doing this trail today with rain in the forecast. Left the trailhead at 0900 with my daughter and son-in-law. We hit the predicted rain at about 1 mile but continued up the trail anyway. Though wet, the trail was not at all slippery and we hit the blustery summit in 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was raining and blowing good so we headed back down coming across several hiker using the bad weather as an excuse to climb Mt Hale. Again the trail was very wet but not slippery. The rain let up about a third of the way down and we dried out on the way to the parking lot. Round trip was 2:45. We probably went up a bit faster than normal due to the rain. The descriptions below pretty much sum up the views.

Beautiful day. And no, there are no views at the top but a few peeks on the way up. I took the Hale Brook trail which goes practically straight up the entire way. Very few switchbacks where the trail levels out. Others at the top took Twin mountsin trail which is longer but less steep. Hale Brook trail was rocky and rooty and not easy. It took me just over two hours to reach the top but I'm slow. Take your time.

One of the easier 4000 footers in NH for sure! Only the last .2 of a mile were steep otherwise it was a relatively modest climb all the way up. We had a spectacular 360 degree view at the top!

2 months ago

Great hike. Very moderate for NH 4,000 footer. Took about 5.5 hours with lunch break at top. 10 miles out and back and very gradual until last brief push to the summit.

Pretty easy/moderate until the last 0.2 miles which is a steep push to the summit. There's another great lookout point about 100 yards after the summit.

Sentier rocailleux sur presque toute sa longueur, finale pas mal à pic. dommage qu'on ait aucune vue avant l'arrivée au sommet, il faut de la motivation car ce n'est pas avec les points de vue de la montée qu'on y trouve notre compte, mais la vue au sommet est incroyable. Attention à la descente, abrupte et surtout hasardeuse sur les pierres instables et parfois mouillées.

A really good hike for a family and/or with dogs. Relatively easy and consistent climb due to the way the trail was built. A bit annoying descent as you get to the nine and 10 mile mark. The view on top is gorgeous.

nice moderate hike. Really cool going up to the hut and the falls. otherwise, with the exception of the cliff, it's just a nondescript hike up to the wooded summit. about six hours round-trip incl a few stops.

This route is long but a lot of fun! The climb up to Hale Brook was super short, and I quickly summited. I saw no one as I crossed along the Lend-A-Hand Trail. The trek up to Zealand felt long, but as I returned back down I stopped at one of the viewpoint spurs which opened up to amazing and refreshing views of the Bonds and the Pemi Wilderness. The way back out from Zealand Falls Hut down the Zealand Trail was extremely flat... it was actually quite surprising. I walked along Zealand Road about a mile back to my car at the Hale Brook trailhead. Overall, an enjoyable afternoon!

Not a great hike. No views at the top. Perfect hike for a rainy day. Lots of others were there to bag a 4000-footer. The trail feels like a rocky straight shot to the top, but at least it's short. I'm a slow hiker and it took me 4 hours.

Wanted a non strenuous 4000 footer and this delivered! Appreciated the long flat parts and amazing views at the top. Did get kinda bored along the way at points ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Very easy up to the hut but after that it was a bit difficult to the peak. No view at the peak so if you're looking for a pretty semi difficult hike i would try something else.

Went in the fall, so beautiful. Had soup up in the hut. Definitely recommend this hike!

Fun hike! Usually wooded summits aren’t particularly exciting but the trail itself is so beautiful that I didn’t mind hiking into the middle of the woods to turn around and go back. The huts are always a treat, too. My favorite part was the blueberry bushes on the top between Zeacliff and the summit.

Total trip including breaks took me 5 hours and 35 mins. The first 2.8 to the hut is very flat and took me 1 hour on the way up and 35 mins on the way back (I ran). The trail from the hut to the cliff (1.2) is the most difficult part of the hike and took me 1 hour up and 45 min down. It flattens out again to the summit and that 1.6 took me 1 hour there and 45 min back.

I was skeptical about the easy rating but this really was an easy hike.

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